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Korean fellowship to meet in conjunction with SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America will hold its 14th annual meeting June 20-22 in Nashville, Tenn., in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting June 21-22 in the state capital.

The council, encompassing about 750 churches affiliated with the SBC that worship in a Korean context, will begin its sessions with an opening dinner and worship celebration Monday evening. The three-day schedule also will include a slate of six sermons Tuesday morning and a day-long business meeting Wednesday.

“We are expecting that each and every one of the members of the council will experience growing closer together with the Southern Baptist Convention in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ among every tribe of the earth,” said Manpoong (Dennis) Kim, president of the council and senior pastor of Global Mission Church in Silver Spring, Md. “We will see God is leading us to see that the Great Commission of Jesus Christ will be fulfilled more and more each year.”

The Monday evening dinner, which begins at 5, will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown across from the LifeWay Christian Store.

“After dinner there will be an opening worship and celebration,” Kim said. “There will be preaching and praising and prayer, and official introduction of the leaders from the SBC and Korean Baptist church leaders from Korea and the U.S.”

David Gill will be guest speaker Monday evening. He is the SBC’s second vice president and pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Martinez, Calif.

On Tuesday, a three-hour Korean preaching conference with six guest speakers will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the SBC Building at 901 Commerce St.

Hyunmo Lee, professor of missions at Korea Baptist Theological Seminary in Daejun, South Korea, will be featured, along with Inhwa Park, senior pastor of First Korean Baptist Church in Dallas; Manpoong (Dennis) Kim, senior pastor, and Hojoong Cho, mission pastor, both of Global Mission Church in Silver Spring, Md.; Jayhyun Kim, NAMB language missionary; and Robert E. (Bob) Reccord, president of the North American Mission Board.

Five of the men will speak in Korean for 25 minutes each; Reccord will speak in English and be translated into Korean.

Council members will join with other Southern Baptists at the SBC annual meeting Tuesday afternoon, then return to the SBC Building at 7 to hear another message by Lee from South Korea.

The council’s business meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the SBC Building, will include the election of officers; discussion of bylaw amendments and strategies for global outreach; departmental reports; and award presentations.

A worship service at 7 p.m. will close out the council sessions.

This year’s officers in addition to Kim include First Vice President Ki Tak Kim, pastor of Korean Baptist Church in Sonoma County, Calif.; Second Vice President Seung B. Park, pastor of Korean Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn.; Treasurer Chung Ho Ham, pastor of Emmanuel Korean Southern Baptist Church in Anaheim, Calif.; Secretary Hun Moog Lim, pastor of Happy Church in Portoneck, Md.; and Executive Director Chi Lee, former pastor of Korean First Baptist Church in San Jose, Calif. The executive director serves a four-year term; other officers are elected to one-year terms.